Isolated rains were timely for those that received
precipitation and above average temperatures
throughout Minnesota continued to advance crop
development during the week ending June 21, 2020,
according USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics
Service. There were 4.3 days suitable for fieldwork.
Field activities for the week were minimal, although a
few reports of the second cutting of alfalfa hay were
Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 1% very short,
9% short, 72% adequate and 18% surplus. Subsoil
moisture supplies were rated 1% very short, 7% short,
78% adequate and 14% surplus.
Minnesota’s corn and soybean emergence were both
virtually complete. Few reports of corn silking were
received this week, while soybeans blooming reached
1%. Corn condition improved slightly to 85% good to
excellent. Soybean condition dropped to 81% good to
Spring wheat jointing at 74%, 5 days ahead of last year
but 2 days behind average. Spring wheat headed reached
12% this week, 1 day ahead of last year but 5 days
behind normal. Spring wheat condition declined to 81%
good to excellent. The oat crop was 92% jointing, 4 days
ahead of average. Oat heading was 49%, 8 days ahead of
last year and 2 days ahead of the average. Oat condition
dropped to 71% good to excellent. Barley was
72% jointing and 20% headed with the condition
dropping to 80% good to excellent.
Sunflower condition was down slightly from the
previous week, rated 72% good to excellent. Potato
condition increased to 93% good to excellent. Sugarbeet
condition declined slightly to 97% good to excellent.
Dry beans were 98% emerged, both ahead of last year
and the average. Dry bean condition was rated 84% good
to excellent.
Minnesota’s first cutting of alfalfa hay was 88%
completed, 10 days ahead of last year and 5 days ahead
of average. Hay condition declined to 63% good to
excellent. Pasture conditions also declined to 64% good
to excellent.